Villa Antinori 2012
This excellent producer has released another outstanding vintage, but it falls short in quality against the 2011.
Still at amazing value (£14.99, Waitrose, March 2015), Villa Antinori’s 2012 vintage is a supremely delectable medium-full blend of Sangiovese – the classic Chianti grape – and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s still young at the moment, but certainly drinkable already. Deep, ruby red with a purple hue at the rim.
Because it’s young, as with the 2011 it’s good practice to decant the 2012 for at least an hour before you drink it. If you don’t have a decanter just pour it into a wine glass and try to avoid temptation for as long as possible, it will get better as you go through the bottle!
Villa Antinori’s impressive smoothness is still at the forefront of the 2012’s texture, with a velvety blackcurrant-packed flavour that really sticks around in a very pleasant finish. There’s a little less vanilla; in its place is a slight off-balance tannin, where the wine appears a little leathery. This is perfectly good with fuller bodied meals.
Thankfully there’s also that seductive, spicy note to the wine – especially in the aromas. So the 2012 is still outstanding, just perhaps not as good as the previous year. A bit of time, maybe?
All the beautiful, characterful hallmarks of the 2011, but with an unfortunate heaviness in the tannin this time. Still outstanding.
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon